We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
...what is it about self-styled intellectuals, “liberals,” leftists, “progressives” who loathe America and think that real progress exists in some far off land, preferably with top-down centralized state-run planning? During the first two decades of the 20th century, American men had built the first mechanized airplane and were spreading electricity throughout the nation, the first big radio networks were going up, skyscrapers were rising ever higher, affordable mass-produced automobiles were rolling off assembly lines, and nascent television technology was being created, all via private enterprise. But instead, the intellectuals of the period look to totalitarian nightmare states thousands of miles away such as the Soviet Union and Mussolini’s Italy, and want to cut and paste their ideas into the American firmament.
What is it about them? I believe I know what it is. Some folks think they are smart enough to run the world. Like Deval Patrick who regrets freedom, they want to be Philosopher-Kings. Trouble is, the mere fact of wanting that role is a sign of lack of wisdom. In my view, humility is the sign of wisdom, and hubris a sign of emotional immaturity.
A young man who writes for the Huffington Post, has a new book out titled "Permanently Blue: How Democrats Can End the Republican Party and Rule the Next Generation." He was interviewed today on the radio. I cannot imagine any Conservative claiming a goal of "Ruling" over Americans. Or, as far as that goes, a goal of ending the opposite political party.
Even passionate conservatives recognize the wisdom of having two parties. Are we seeing the result of the Liberal dominance of the schools, or is it just plain ignorance?
The Elephant's Child
The most honest leftists deceive themselves. Their pride drives them to think that they are smart enough to make socialism succeed where everyone else has failed. They sincerely believe that because of their supreme gifts and noble sentiments, their lofty goals will follow their policies as surely as night follows day. The body count does not deter them because they think that they would have done better.